Entries by Richard Cleaver


A new modelling platform — at least new for me — arrives later today. The Helix Line 6. I opted for the floor model and not the Helix LT primarily because I needed the extra I/O that the floor provides. I have been running a Fractal AX8 for the past year or so. The units […]

Double Your Skill Level in 3 Months

A new year awaits. Improving your guitar skills may be on your list of objectives for the year. When I started playing, which was before the Internet, it was challenging to find a good guitar teacher and to find resources to help me improve my skills quickly and efficiently. The online world offers so many […]

Best Selling Pedals of 2018

My guitar rig from a couple of years back. Guitars, amps and pedals galore. Reverb recently published their list of the best selling pedals of 2018. I would take the list as it is. An attempt to summarize new and used sales of pedals. It might be representative of the overall market or it might […]

Mixing the Low End

Getting the low end right in a mix is challenging especially if you are listening in a compromised sound field. There are tactics that you can use to get the low end of a mix to fit well into the bigger picture. iZotope posted seven tips for the mixing the low end. At some point, […]

From Demo to Master

I know, I know. The folks at Waves provide these courses as a way to sell you their plugins. And that is fine with me. I’ve found that even if I don’t buy the plugins, and right now I have way too many of them on my Pro Tools rig, there are always some good […]

Too Close to Call?

The gap between the sound of a tube amp and a modelled or profiled amp is almost too close to call these days. The benefits of a modeller over a tube amp are pretty compelling particularly if portability is important. ML Sound Labs posted this video comparing the sounds between a Mesa, Fractal, Helix and […]

A Pro Guitar Rig

So many guitars. So many pedals. So many amps. Before the great retirement purge, I had so much gear. I still have gear but significantly reduced from before. I have become more of a rightsized guitarist. I’m travelling out of the country now with two guitars and a Fractal AX8. Seems to cover most of […]

How To Setup A Bass Guitar

I don’t usually work on other guitars. After all, I am not a luthier or a guitar tech. But, with owning many guitars and interacting with some great techs over the years, I have a pretty good handle on the basics. I’ll be setting up a Squier Jaguar Bass later today. The instrument seems to […]